How Sportsmanship Can Be A Part Of A Team

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All athletes can recognize that being a part of a team is hard. It is incredibly difficult to select a group of teenagers that will (1) all get along, (2) work together seamlessly, and (3) respect their coaches. The formula for the perfect team is unknowable. One negative spirit always exists to drag the team down, to deflate their motives, and increase their egos; but that does not have any effect on the sportsmanship of a team. Sportsmanship does not rely on the cohesiveness of a team. It does not correlate with how many bonding trips a team endures or how many groups of friends are on the team. It is not entirely internal or entirely external. Sportsmanship is not simply the willingness of an athlete to respect other teams; it is an athlete’s ability to respect their own team and, most importantly, his or her self. Sportsmanship is innate, reflecting an athlete’s character. Neither winning nor losing can change it. Over the years, I have joined a multitude of teams. Ballet in preschool. Followed by basketball in kindergarten. Gymnastics. Softball. Soccer. I tried them all. However, volleyball as the only one to stick. I started in third grade with big, bulky knee pads and cute hair bows, and ceased playing during my sophomore year with strong, bulky thighs and years of floor burn scars. I had been contemplating my departure from the one sport I ever truly played for months. Something was missing. I did not love it, but I could not find it in myself to hate it.
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